Napoleon Hill, Mark Champion

Five on Fifteen: Think and Grow Rich

One of my goals this year is to read a book a month. I have talked with a few of my friends and we are going to get after that goal together. One of the ideas we had was to write book reviews each month of the books we have read. So without further adieu…

I was given a copy of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. This book was copyrighted in 1937. That is not a typo. That was 78 years ago! The premise:

Think and Grow Rich is one of the most influential books of all time in pointing the way to personal achievement – to financial independence and to riches of the spirit beyond measurement in money.

There has never been another book like it, nor ever can be. It was inspired by Andrew Carnegie who disclosed his formula of personal achievement to the author, Napoleon Hill, many years ago. Carnegie not only made himself a multi-millionaire, but he made millionaires of more than a score of men to whom he taught his secret. Another 500 wealthy men revealed the source of their rich to Napoleon Hill, who has spent a lifetime of research in bringing their message to people in all walks of life who are willing to give their thoughts, ideas, and organized plans in return for riches.

Napoleon Hill, Mark ChampionThat was in the Publisher’s Preface. If you want to read more about Napoleon Hill, he has a fascinating story. He truly has some inspiring words in his classic, Think and Grow Rich. With this Five on Fifteen post, I want to share with you five things I took away from Think and Grow Rich.

1. Self Confidence Formula

In regards to Faith, Hill brings about a Self-Confidence Formula that has five aspects to it. The fourth of the five states: “I have clearly written down a description of my definite chief aim in life, and I will never stop trying, until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment.”

I got to thinking about my definite chief aim. That’s a pretty deep process! Have you ever sat and dug in to your definite chief aim in life? Whew! Lot’s of work later, I came up with this aim: Create Jobs. With all of the opportunities I have available, Hill has allowed me to focus in on my definite chief aim through this self-confidence formula.

2. Developing Faith

Who knew? I have never considered the emotion of faith! Hill simply states, “Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith.” Developing Faith. That’s definitely a new head space for me. He talks abut how thoughts and desires being emotionalized and then mixed with a bit of faith, that stuff starts to materialize.

Fascinating concept that I can say has been a very interesting experience for myself. It would definitely be a challenge to walk this out. But I would say it’s worth developing your faith.

3. Autosuggestion

Could you imagine suggesting to yourself some sort of direction…and then, by some random nudge, that direction and goal being manifested? Hard to believe, I know. Hill taps in to a pretty deep concept that I am still trying to wrap myself around. “The time will soon come, if you do as you have been instructed, in spirit as well as in act, when a whole new universe of power will unfold to you.”

You can definitely have a mental conversation of whether or not each individual has a spirit and a soul, or just a soul/spirit. We all agree that everyone has a body. But the bottom line of autosuggestion is tapping in to a whole new universe. This universe can be accessed through your spirit. Could you imagine? Crazy talk, I know. But it is worth looking in to.

4. The Major Attributes of Leadership

Remember, this guy is from the early 1900’s. He has another view of what leadership looks like from another era. I wonder if it would be relevant… Here are a few of the attributes he pitches. Unwavering courage. Definiteness of decision. Definiteness of plans. Mastery of detail. Cooperation. These are among eleven total.

Hill then balances the attributes with ten major causes of failure in leadership. It’s like he’s giving yellow warning flags to be sure we know what we’re looking for and what to watch against. Amazingly enough, he then walks you through a way to find a job. Of course, this is from his era. So hearing from that perspective is educational. But there are definitely some things that apply to today, like what to include in a resume and how to choose a company to work for.

I would encourage anyone who is interested in leadership to peruse this section called “Organized Planning.” It will help you become they type of leader people are looking for.

5. Names You Know

Hill connected with some high power folks from his day. He has some great, intimate stories from his relationship with these folks. He would sit with these folks and bring out their secrets to success. The roster of players you read about is quite overwhelming, almost too good to be true. Here is a roster of some of my more favorite stories that you will be able to learn from:

Andrew Carnegie
Thomas Edison
Henry Ford
FW Woolworth
Alexander Graham Bell
And more…

I’ll close with this quote from Napoleon Hill. May it be for you! Grab Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill if you want to dive deeper.

Opportunity has spread its wares before you. Step up to the front, select what you want, create your plan, put the plan into action, and follow through with persistence.

Grab it today! Think and Grow Rich: The Original 1937 Edition

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